Making your meal more enjoyable with kaya
Kaya is my favorite Malay word. Kaya, or sometimes known as srikaya and seri kaya, is a confiture made of eggs, coconut milk, sugar and infused with the fragrant aroma of pandan leaf. It is the most popular jam in Malaysia.
As a child, whenever my parents and I went shopping, I would secretly toss a bottle of kaya into shopping cart and hope they never notice it. Sometimes it worked other times it fail, in which I go without kaya for some time.
To most children growing up in Malaysia, kaya is essential treats, to be eaten when bored or to satisfy sudden urge for sweet things, some take it further by making kaya their staple food, consuming kaya at every meal.
Of course, this doesn’t mean adult don’t like kaya, many Malaysian can tell you that kaya taste best spread on toasted bread and paired with hot black steaming coffee.You could also use it as topping for several desserts like pulut taitai or pulut tekan, a dessert of sweet glutinous rice colored blue with butterfly pea flowers (bunga telang), and pulut seri muka, a similar dessert but colored green due to the pandan leaves ingredient. It is also used with glutinous rice to make kuih seri kaya
Kaya come different color, it’s color varies depending on the color of the egg yolks, the amount of pandan, and the extent of the caramelisation of the sugar. They usually come in either green or brown. The green one is Nyona kaya while the brown one is Hainanese kaya, as it uses caramelized sugar and often further sweeten with honey.
Kaya is easy to make, I had listed down a recipe for readers who interest in making their own kaya, however, if you not the type to make your own food, you can buy it at most kopitiam, supermarket and night markets.
Ingredient and Portion
500ml thick coconut milk
3 pieces pandan leaf (washed and pat-dried)
1.Blend pandan leaf with 4 tbsp of water, strain the juice and discard blended pandan leaves.
2.Combine eggs and sugar, beat till sugar is completely dissolved. Add in coconut milk and pandan juice (from Method 1), mix well and strain mixture.
3.Transfer mixture into a double boiler and bring to a boil over medium heat. Stir continuously with a wooden spoon till a smooth texture is formed.
4.Leave to cool completely before storing in glass jar. Ready to serve.